Some SA sports need an over­haul

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Opinion -

South Africa’s soc­cer and rugby teams are go­ing through a lean spell and it may re­quire a rad­i­cal over­haul to turn their for­tunes around. While Bafana have never been a player on the world stage, the two-time world cham­pion Springboks used to be one of the most-feared teams on the Test cir­cuit.

Sadly, Spring­bok rugby is now a shadow of its for­mer self, and mat­ters may get worse be­fore they get bet­ter.

It re­mains a puz­zle as to how a foot­balling na­tion like South Africa which boasts sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial mus­cle can be frus­trated and held at bay by min­nows.

But this is ex­actly what hap­pened when Bafana were held to a goal­less draw by Libya in Dur­ban at the week­end.

This should not have come as a com­plete sur­prise be­cause Bafana have a ter­ri­ble record against coun­tries whom they should beat with ease.

Mat­ters are just as bad on the rugby front. Beaten by Ar­gentina and Aus­tralia in their most re­cent two out­ings, few will give the Springboks even a glim­mer of hope of top­pling the All Blacks on Satur­day.

Matches be­tween Spring­bok and All Blacks teams used to be hotly con­tested af­fairs with the re­sult of­ten in the bal­ance up un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

Un­for­tu­nately, this is no longer the case.

The last time the Boks played in New Zealand they were thumped 57-0 as the gulf be­tween the two na­tions continues to widen.

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus has ad­mit­ted that his job will be on the line if his team suf­fer an­other hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat.

Bafana will be hop­ing to ig­nite their Africa Na­tions Cup chal­lenge when they face an­other lesser team in the Sey­chelles over a dou­ble-header of fix­tures.

Be­ing a Bafana or Bok sup­porter is no pic­nic these days.

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